Craig Lowndes
Craig Lowndes David Nielsen

Lowndes focuses on points and not Skaife's race record

CRAIG Lowndes has been around for too long to be distracted by such things as race-win records.

Lowndes heads to New Zealand for round three of the 2013 V8 Supercars championship this weekend, needing just one more victory to surpass the record of 90 race wins he shares with Mark Skaife.

Passing the record looked on the cards at Symmons Plains in Tasmania last weekend when Lowndes was fastest in practice.

He could not deliver when it mattered, however, finishing last in the split 60/60 race on Saturday, and 10th and 11th in the two races on Sunday.

Lowndes said he wasn't overly concerned by the disappointing results, saying that was part and parcel of the sport.

"That's the way it is ... you take the good with the bad," he said.

"I still got some points so we're soldiering on. Hopefully in New Zealand I can turn it all around."

Runner-up to Red Bull Racing teammate Jamie Whincup in last year's series, Lowndes said he wasn't focused on Skaife's record, describing it as more of a media beat-up.

"It's in the back of my mind, but it's not in there when I'm driving and trying to win races," Lowndes said.

"I've still got the opportunity to win races, but it's all about gaining maximum points."

He said hopefully that would come at Pukekohe, a circuit he has enjoyed in the past, but which he said was obviously different to the street circuit at Hamilton which has hosted the New Zealand round of the championship in recent years.

While Whincup has been critical of his new car this season, Lowndes said he believed the one he was driving was capable of taking him to his fourth drivers championship, his first since 1999.

"It suits my driving style, so I'm really confident and positive about good results," he said.

"We've finished second in the last couple of seasons so I'd love to win another."

Lowndes, who won the season-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, named Whincup and Tasmanian race winners Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard as the men to beat this weekend in a format that features four separate 100km "sprint" races.